Welcome to Missy Moo’s 1st birthday party! As many of you know, we celebrated Missy Moo’s christening and 1st birthday together, the other week. I have long to share the homemade decorations I made, in action. I have waited to do her birthday party post more close to her actual birth date. Let’s not age her faster than she is ageing herself!
Just to forewarn readers: this is a heavy induced photo post, I have consent from all parents to use photos of their children in this post, and apologies for the grainy, poor lighting, it was very sunny out which made the venue very dark inside so it doesn’t do the decor, venue or the people justice.
THE PHOTO BOOTH!
I didn’t have a lot of permission to share other photo booth photos, but it was great to have a place where each family that came in, could take a photo with a nice party backdrop. It made for great memories, not just for us but for all our guest too. I have emailed them to the families for a keepsake! It only took five minutes to set up with tissue paper, tape, bunting, and balloons.
THE ROOM SETUP!
Along side the photo booth, I had the gift table, adorned with my tassel garland. Advice, don’t attach with tape with toddlers around, they just pull it off. By the end of the party the tassel garland was in pieces and used as party pom poms!
I displayed the Happy Birthday banner, I made, across the front of the bar with pom poms on each side and added two very LARGE jars full of candy on each end so that people could have a sweet while waiting for their drinks. They were gone in seconds and the jars only cost £5 at Matalan. Bargain!
My painted O-N-E letters and 0-12 month collage was set up at the end of the bar where people were lining up to the buffet. It gave them something to look at while they waited.
Each table was decorated with confetti and these lovely white heart centerpieces that I got super cheap from ebay and now can reuse them for future parties.
It worked out perfect that there were two huge windows on each side of the french doors. I hung the three party theme colored pom poms in both windows, so you could see the decorations from inside and outside.
The two matching cakes were a hit, and tasted delicious. The design came out just how I wanted it too. I love designing cakes, it’s too bad I didn’t have enough time to actually attempt to make them myself. Next time!
The venue was beautiful and right around the corner from our house. There was a fantastic seating area with big cushions right outside the french doors. The weather was stunning and the sun was beaming so this space got used up the entire afternoon. It was nice to have such a great space inside and outside on such a beautiful day. It gave the 30 plus children room to run and play! The venue really is gorgeous and the staff were amazing. They really made our special day flow smoothly. It’s called Charnock Farm and also has a restaurant, garden center, motel and cafe attached to it.
We had our local music teacher do an hour entertainment for the kids. Harriet Gore is a fantastic entertainer for parties and will cater the entertainment to the theme of the party, if you have one. She did my son’s birthday party last year too. I highly recommend her. The kids were in awe when she came out and the music started up. There was bubble blowing, clappers clapping, ribbon twirling, bucket sliding, parachute gliding and more. She really got the kids involved and everyone was having so much fun. Even the adults that have never seen something like this before were impressed. It was a great aspect to add to the party and so affordable. She is really reasonable on her pricing. Her new business is called Rock N Learn. Check her out if you live in the Northwest.
I had two cakes made as I really wanted her christening and 1st birthday to be still two separate, special celebrations. I thought we would have cake left over but I couldn’t have been more wrong. It was gone in 10 minutes which was both pleasing and shocking at the same time. Everyone came back for seconds.
SINGING HAPPY BIRTHDAY & BLOWING OUT HER CANDLES!
She wasn’t even bothered by this time that a whole room of 80 plus people were singing her happy birthday. Buba tried to get her involved but she was exhausted, bless her. She had no nap all day and really impressed us by not getting whiny and grumpy which we fully expected. She is always one to prove us wrong. Buba even helped her blow out her first candle. She mimicked him but I am not sure if she really knew what was going on.
FIRST BITE OF CAKE!I let her eat her letters of her name from the top of the cake, but it wasn’t long as I passed around the tray full of sliced cake before I was feeding Missy Moo her very own slice while Granddad held her! She loved it. No surprise there, this girl loves all food.
I couldn’t be more surprised and appreciative for all the wonderful gifts she received. I fully expected guests to put one present for both occasions but almost everyone bought two separate presents for the separate occasions. The love was pouring out for Missy Moo. I can’t say THANK YOU enough to everyone that came, shared our special day and spoiled my daughter rotten!
A HUGE THANK YOU!!!
I made matching thank you cards, to match her invites using PicMonkey again. It really is the cheap fun way to go to get the design you want and be more personalized. The great thing about PicMonkey is I had designed it when I designed the invites, and then saved it. After the party I came back, added a photo from the party and had them printed right away. It saves time on thank you cards. I, then had them printed at Tesco in 5×7 and wrote a personalized message on the back to each guests.
I hope you have enjoyed her special day! Stay tuned for the cake smashing photos!!!